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Pearls and Ice

Houston's mayor jumps into the Ice Bucket Challenge, calls out Jadeveon Clowney and zings the Astros

By Barbara Kuntz

Sitting in her backyard on a sunny day wearing pearls and a roller derby T-shirt, Mayor Annise Parker beat the Houston heat for a worthy cause by taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — an ...

Links We Love

Most surprising photos of the year; 40 best animal cuddlers of all time

By Claire St. Amant

Editor's note: There's so much that's beautiful, funny, smart and informative on the Internet. Problem is, there's also a bunch of garbage. Here's the best of the web right now: ...

Real Estate Rumblings

Bill Gates is buying one of Houston's most prominent hotels in a major downtown deal

By Ralph Bivins

Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, is buying the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Houston, and is expected to upgrade the property, considered one of the finest hotels in Texas. Located at 130 ...

Tech Talk

Education first: Bill Gates will headline SXSWedu conference in Austin

By Arden Ward

On Tuesday afternoon, SXSW announced that Bill Gates, the chairman of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will make his way to Austin as a keynote speaker at this year ...

Shelby's Social Diary

KIPP founders honored with Holocaust Museum's Guardian of the Human Spirit Award

By Shelby Hodge

Lifelong commitments to preparing lower-income students for college and dedication to teaching tolerence and respect in schools earned Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) founders Mike Feinberg and D ...

More Effective Teachers?

What Bill & Melinda Gates' $1.5 million gift to HISD really means

By Jennifer Patterson

Recently, Houston Independent School District board trustess voted to accept two donations for a combined sum of almost $3 million, including a $1,485,000 contribution from the Bill and Melinda Gat ...

Panto Pinocchio

Stages Repertory Theatre

Stages puts a modern-day spin on Carlo Collodi’s classic tale, with a twist of British pantomine. Computer mogul Gill Bates thinks his life is complete when he finally succeeds in building a

Are You Influential?

Houston Twitterentials: My search for the real local stars of the 140-character world

By Matthew Williams

I want to talk about the most influential people in Houston on Twitter because while I appreciate and fully endorse its benefits, I'm simply not a strapping Twitter stud with adoring followers ...

bossy philanthropy

Does Gates & Buffett's billionaires' Giving Pledge put pressure on Dan Duncan's family?

By Steven Thomson

In a landmark moment for philanthropy, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are advocating that all billionaires commit to giving at least half of their wealth to charitable groups within their lifetimes ...

shooting blanks

50 years after the pill, is America ready for male birth control?

By Sarah Rufca

It may take two to tango, but the birth control market has been a one-sided endeavor for the past 50 years. If a woman wants to prevent pregnancy, she has about a dozen options to choose from, from ...

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